Yuki Bhambri will take on Ruben Bemelmans in the first round of French Open 2018 after his original first round opponent, Yen-Hsun Lu withdrew from the Roland Garros.
The 94th world ranked Yuki Bhambri is the only singles player from India to make it into the main draw after Ramkumar Ramanathan, Sumit Nagal, Prajnesh Gunneswaran and Ankita Raina failed to qualify.
Placed in the first quarter of the main draw, Bhambri will be up against Belgian lucky loser Ruben Bemelmans, ranked 111th in the world. Both the players have met only once before at the New Delhi Challenger in 2015, where Yuki edged past Ruben in a three setter.
But this time things might get tricky for the higher ranked Indian, as he has ot played any mach yet on the claycourt before the French Open, Yuki’s last tournament was Busan Open on hardcourts, where he was knocked out in the second round, after recovering from a minor foot problem.
Meanwhile, Bemelmans has already got some experience of clay after playing three rounds in qualifying, losing the final round to Thomaz Bellucci.
The match is scheduled to place on 28th May, 2018 (Monday).
Clay is certainly not Yuki’s preference and he has admitted that he hasn’t trained much on the red dirt but he will surely give his best effort.
Yuki Bhambri teamed up with Divij Sharan and the Indian player will play against Purav Raja (Divij’s former partner) and France’s Fabrice Martin. The winner of this encounter is likely to take on the reigning Australian Open champions and second seeds Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic.
The 24th ranked Rohan Bopanna will partner Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France and the 13th seeded pair will play against young American duo of Taylor Fritz and Frances Tiafoe.
Junior Boys and Girls
Siddhant Banthia and Rashmikaa Bhamidipaty will participate in the juniors boys and girls singles event – the draw for which will be made on June 2.